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16 Amazing Real-Life Locations That Inspired Our Favorite Disney Movies

16 Amazing Real-Life Locations That Inspired Our Favorite Disney Movies

Disney is the end-all in magic and imagination so it MIGHT surprise you that some of your favorite Disney movies got a lot of their inspiration from the real world. In fact, these 16 locations are definitely very real in the world and they all inspired Disney animators to make our favorite movies! By the time you're done ogling these gorgeous scenes you may find yourself planning to visit some of them!

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1. The Castle in Tangled

Such a seriously gorgeous kingdom has a real life inspiration?! Yep!

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Real-life Location:

Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

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2. Beauty and the Beast

The eerie and spooky Black Forrest

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It really exists.

The Black Forrest in Germany

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3. Elsa's Ice Castle

Ok, I found this one surprising, too.

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Real Life Inspiration:

Next on my bucket list: The Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada

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4. Up

Paradise Falls is real?! Excuse me, I need to go buy a plane ticket to...

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Up in Real-life is:

Angel Falls in Venezuela

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5. Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Another iconic kingdom based on a real location?!

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Yep, mind blown. Real Life Location:

Neuschwanstein Castle In Germany

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6. Beauty and the Beast

The Beast's classic castle

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Timeless, real-life location:

France's Chateau du Chambord

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7. Brave

Yep, this gorgeous royal castle has quite the inspiration too!

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Appropriate Real-Life Inspiration:

Dunnottar Castle in Scotland

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8.Aladdin

The Sultan's Palace has a real life inspiration indeed!

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The Taj Mahal in India

You can probably see it, can't you? I can.

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9. Snow White

The perfect place to survive, the Dwarf's Cottage

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Closer than you might think, they were inspired by:

The Storybook Cottages in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

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10. The Little Mermaid

Prince Eric's sea-side castle

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Gorgeous Real-Life Inspiration:

Ch√Ęteau de Chillon in Switzerland

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11. Cars

The Cozy Cone Motel has a real-life inspiration?! I'm so excited!

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Not quite as cute but I see it

The Wigwam Motel in Arizona

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12. The Emporer's New Groove

Pacha's village, where the hills sing when the sun hits them just right...

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Inspired by the breathtaking:

Ancient City of Machu Picchu in Peru

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13. Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Cathedral, as it appears.

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This may shock you...

It's modeled almost perfectly after the actual Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

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14. Snow White

The evil queen's spooky castle

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A little less spooky in real life:

Segovia Castle in Spain

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15. Mulan

The city in which the Emperor resides and his impressive palace is modeled after a real-life location as well.

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Beijing, China Palace

Just as it appears in the real world, too, so it does in Mulan.

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16. Frozen

The gorgeous chapel

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Coincidence? I think not.

Real life Inspiration: St. Olaf's Stave Church in Norway

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